After graduating from the program, Nonato worked for Scotia Bank and went on to become a private school teacher while serving as a primary reservist.
In 2008 he volunteered to serve in Afghanistan serving in Kandahar so he can have front line experience, a decision his mother did not receive well. He also served in South Sudan in 2012.
Joseph married his wife Sheila Dabu, a former journalist, in 2010. (Our Kids, PHOTO BY: TORY ZIMMERMAN)
“It can be easy to forget the home front, but it’s also a very challenging role to take care of … and to be a strong support for my husband,” said Sheila Nonato. “It can be long days and nights of taking care of the kids (alone). It’s not always easy but it’s an important job, Sheila confided to The Register.
Growing up in Brampton, Ont., the son of Filipino immigrants, Nonato, 44, often heard stories of military life from relatives who served as conscripts in the Philippines armed forces. He joined the cadets while still a freshman at Cardinal Leger Catholic High School and began contacting military academies, fully committed to becoming a soldier. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces fresh out of high school in 1991.